with gratitude – 3rd annual nyc food blogger bake sale

by hungryrabbit on May 1, 2012

3rd Annual NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale

“Hurry! Hurry,” I pleaded to M. “Get the car ready so we can start loading up.”  As M rolled his eyes and headed out the door, I checked my list to make sure I had everything we needed for 3rd Annual NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale to benefit Share Our Strength/No Kids Hungry Campaign, in effort to end childhood hunger by 2015.

There must be something missing, I thought.

Two minutes into our drive to Brooklyn Flea, I remembered an important item–the clip board of logistics information about the event.  I made M pull over, and I jogged back to the apartment.

Once we arrived in Brooklyn, the skies were clear, and the sun was shining brightly. It seemed like we were blessed with great weather for a good cause.  Then, I walked onto the near empty school playground of the Flea where vendors assembled their stands and arranged their wares. A tent-flipping wind blew across blacktop.

The team managed to set up our temporary shop without much distress, other than only an occasional Wizard of Oz moment.  We proceeded to display the cookies, brownies, and other baked goods from the bloggers, bakers, and bakeries.

Then I remembered the other missing item . . . items. Still sitting on a table a borough away was a stack of boxes filled with cookies. M to the rescue—they made it to Brooklyn Flea 90 minutes later to join the parade of sweets.

Our first sale came before the official 10 AM opening. A Flea vendor came up to our tent and aksed, “I need something for breakfast, how much are these cookies?” Since a good cause, not good nutrition was the mission, we didn’t dissuade him. With that bag of cookies gone, the Bake Sale officially began.

Lillian (from the Sweets by Sillianah blog), the team, and I worked through the day, rotating and replenishing baked goods.  Thanks to several shifts of volunteers, we (or the baked goods) charmed the adults and kids into making purchases.  Adults wanted more explanations and suggestions. Kids needed no help. Their eyes are sharp when it comes to sweets; they go right for what they like.

Even the dogs that desperately wanted some treats of their own(hint for next year’s bakers).

After several hours of swift transactions, I strolled out of the flea exhausted but elated. We had a fantastic day of connection for a great cause.

I want to thank the food blogging community, volunteers, bakers, bakeries, friends, and families for partaking in this spectacular bake sale. I would also like to extend my gratitude to my Twitter community, who helped, supported, and encouraged my efforts during and after the process. Without your support and contributions, Lilian and I could not have pulled off a successful event. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

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Marnely Rodriguez May 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

What a fantastic event and I wish I could’ve flown over for it!!!! Next year we’ll join forces, you guys did an AMAZING job!

Brian May 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

Congrats on a successful bake sale. You did a fabulous job and deserve a huge pat on the back for all your work.

Georgie May 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

Gorgeous photos! Great job and wonderful cause, so proud to be a part of this! Thank you for organizing such a meaningful event.

Joanne May 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

Thank you so much for organizing the event, Ken! You and Lillian deid an amazing job!

sheri May 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

Beautiful photos and a great post! What a fabulous day; hope to be one of your “bakers” next year!

Gail May 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

Simply the best! Gorgeous photos of gorgeous baked goods.

justcooknyc May 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

i got some great gf treats — great job, Ken

Julia May 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

You did an amazing job documenting the day. So glad you guys had such a great turnout!

Winnie May 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

What a fantastic recap Ken! Sorry to miss this great event…but so glad to have your beautiful photos to oggle.

Jenny May 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

Fantastic job!

Jenn Baker (@jbakerhenry) May 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

Super great pics, Ken! Visually stunning and such a great recap! It was super-fun times. Can’t wait for the next one! Thanks for EVERYTHING! You personify awesomeness.

Souffle Bombay (Colleen) May 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

Looks like you all had a fantastic time doing something really special…Hat’s off! Beautiful photos as usual Ken!

Wendy Read May 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

Beautiful day Ken, such gorgeous photos and such a great cause! We had one here too, I donated a basket, so excited to do so too. Thank you for being so generous with your time and energy, I am so sure the kids will appreciate!

Louise May 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

What an amazing collage of pictures! You and Lillian were wonderful and thanks for organizing the event!

Lora May 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

I so wanted to volunteer and I just couldn’t swing it with my schedule. Everything looks amazing and I hope to be there next year. Congratulations!

The Experimental Gourmand May 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks, Ken & Lillian, for such a great event! Glad we stopped by to pick up some treats. You were right about those Liddabit Sweets cookies. Amazing!

Margaret May 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

You and Lillian really did an awesome job in organizing this bake sale. I wish I could have stayed longer to help out. Love all the treats that I bought especially your pretzel krispies, yum!

foodwanderings May 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

Kudos on a job well done Wabbit. Excellent results and what a wonderful cause. Your photos are so vivid.

Robin May 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

Nice photos. So glad to have come and bought so many yummy treats and all for a good cause! Nice job:)

Lawyer Loves Lunch May 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This post totally let me live vicariously and enjoy this awesome bake sale :) And how adorable are the Eric Carle caterpillar cookies?

Robin @ Simply Southern Baking May 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Wow! I’m so impressed your bake sale was 10:00-5:00! Ours went from 10:00-1:00. What a great crowd you must have had. The baked goods all look sooo good! I can’t wait to hear the grand total raised by food bloggers all across the country.

Jennifer May 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Great pictures! I’m so glad I could be a part of this. We’ll do it again next year!

carol May 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

Wow, such awesome photos! You and Lillian were awesome for organizing this–thank you! Can’t wait for the next time :D

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Wow… What an amazing selection of treats! Sounds like the NYC sale was quite the success! And, loved your photos of the whole thing!

Katie May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

A fantastic, successful day for sure. Thanks so much for all the work you did organizing. It was great to meet you!

Rachel@Time for Good Food May 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Beautiful photos and so many delicious looking treats! I participated in the Atlanta food bloggers sale and it was lots of fun. Food bloggers do know how to put on a good sale! :)

JulieD May 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

Wow!! Your bake sale was beautiful! I love your photos, it made me feel like I was there. I just love that we all go out and sell baked goods on the same day across the country for a worthy cause. Congrats to your fundraising efforts!

Betty Ann @Mango_Queen May 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Thank you, Ken for all your hard work! You and Lillian did such an amazing job. We couldn’t have done this without you. And such great photos & wonderful recap. I love all the photos….made me hungry again. BTW, I devoured your crunchy goodies all by myself when I got back home. Hugs & thanks again :-)

cake bakery brooklyn July 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

I love bake sales! They’re a good opportunity too see everybody’s talents and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

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